Saturday, March 25, 2023

Microsoft Edge: Android browser gets a better video adblocker

Although the Android version of the Edge browser is only used by a comparatively few users, Microsoft is constantly working on further development of the app. The adblock function has now been improved to more reliably block video ads as well.

This was spotted by Reddit user Leopeva64-2 (via Neowin). Microsoft has equipped the browser with a new configuration to better recognize and prevent ad clips from playing, especially in videos. YouTube advertising should also be reliably blocked. Of course, it can be inferred that video adblocker doesn’t work in all cases and some ad clips still show up.

An experimental flag option is currently required to enable the updated adblocker. After installing the latest version of the browser, go to the address “edge://flags/”. Here you can find the setting “Edge-Block-Video-Ads” and set it to “Enabled”. After that the user will have to restart the app. The Redmond company is currently testing this feature. It is unclear when the improved video adblocker will be built into the final version of the program.

Market share remains relatively small

Despite a number of additional functions such as an integrated ad blocker, most Android users rely on solutions from Google and Samsung. While Chrome is installed on about 65 percent of devices, the South Korean smartphone maker’s Internet application can be found on five percent of smartphones. Although Edge records over ten million downloads, it doesn’t appear in most figures.

Microsoft Edge: Android Browser Gets A Better Video Adblocker

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